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Ludmila Leventhal realizes her childhood dream of writing a book to memorialize
the extraordinary saga of her father's journey to freedom
Translated from Russian
From the publisher: 'The book is composed in vivid, vibrant and colorful writing style,
so it does not read like dry documentary prose. Even so, the events described in the book are all real.'
From Interview with Alexander Leventhal:
'I believe that faith and love gave me the strength. When I was drafted into the Soviet Army,
I promised mother Mindlya that I would come back no matter what. I believed I would survive and
come home to all those who loved me - my mom, dad, Grandma Hanna, sister Rose, brother Moisha,
and the girl next door Rivka, who I was planning on marrying
I came back, but none of
them survived. Everybody died except for my brother. My brother and I were the only ones left.
When I was arrested in 1957, faith in and love for my children helped me survive
in the most challenging conditions of the Soviet concentration camps. I was constantly thinking about
my precious family, about my children. I had to survive and endure everything, for their sake.
My children, my family - all my life